Of course, the COP26 conference has failed to deliver the agreements we so urgently need to translate words into positive action. But for me, that does not mean that all is lost. One key thing that it is important to remember is that we should hope.
Hope is often a feat of the imagination, and it can sometimes take an active application of will. But hope is important. Hope means that we can imagine something good – something better. And we need to be able to envision a better future in order to be able to create it.
Hope is not about delusion. It is not about burying our heads in the sand and pretending that everything is going to be just fine. There are some consequences of our warming planet that are locked in, even in the best case scenarios. But when it comes to tackling the climate crisis, it is not all or nothing. To put it simply – we can still save what we can still save.
By being hopeful and envisioning a better future, for humanity and all life on this planet, we can determine the trajectory of our species and countless others. Humanity can take its place in a harmonious natural world, co-operating and building, rather than degrading and diminishing.
Spending time in a permaculture garden can give us glimpses of the future we wish to see. It can help us to hope, and help us, of course, to take those steps small and large which can turn that hope into something truly positive for all.
If you would like to join others in a global movement of hope and positive action, I would be glad to help you with a permaculture design for your property, or with a sustainability plan to help you take steps in the right direction. Please do get in touch so we can discuss your project and the amazing things that can be achieved.